Jean Blondel Professor passed away at 93, EUI mourns his death


Jean Blondel Death – Professor Jean Blondel was known for his contributions to the theory of party systems, the comparative study of cabinets, and the relationships between parties and governments. His area of expertise was comparative politics, and he was a professor. Blondel was born in Toulon, France, on October 26, 1929. He received his degree in political science from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris in 1953, and then received his degree in history from St. Antony’s College at Oxford University in 1955. Between the years 1958 and 1963, he held the position of lecturer at Keele University.

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In 1964, he was accepted as a fellow at Yale University.  After that, he moved to the University of Essex, where he was the first person to establish the Department of Government. He was instrumental in the establishment of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in 1969 and served as its director for a period of ten years. Blondel was given the position of scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York in the year 1984. In 1985, Jean Blondel was appointed to the position of Professor of Political Science at the EUI. From 1994 to 2000, he worked there in the capacity of External Professor, and since 2000, he has held the status of Emeritus Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre.

In addition to that, he held the position of Visiting Professor at the University of Siena. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academia Europaea were all honorary memberships that Blondel held. In 2004, the University of Uppsala bestowed upon him the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science “for his outstanding contribution to the professionalisation of European political science.”

Jean Blondel Death

Professor Blondel was honored with doctorate degree from the University of Salford, the University of Essex, the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, the University of Turku, the University of Macerata, and the University of Siena.  In London on the 25th of December in the year 2022, Jean Blondel passed away at the age of 93. The community of EUI is in mourning over the passing of Professor Blondel and will honor his memory by remembering the significant contributions he made to the field of political science.

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